On 10 April 2019, National charity Heart Research UK are launching their ‘Heart of Scotland’ appeal at an exclusive event at the Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh, featuring appearances from a host of high profile Scottish supporters coming together to take on heart disease in Scotland.
The Heart of Scotland is a fundraising appeal to raise and spend money in Scotland on vital medical research into the prevention, treatment and cure of heart disease. It’s a way for everyone to honour, to celebrate and to share the stories of our hearts and to raise funds for the life changing breakthroughs of tomorrow.
The appeal has already gained massive celebrity support, from names such as Amy McDonald, David Moyes, Val McDermid, Mark Bonnar and many more.
The Heart of Scotland appeal is launching with a range of four striking coloured badges and one-of-a-kind t-shirts designed by internationally-acclaimed designer Christopher Kane on sale across Scotland, along with a raft of fundraising events across the country.
Christopher Kane said: “The Heart of Scotland appeal is a cause that is literally so close to my heart, anything that can raise awareness and potentially save lives is always worthwhile.
“Growing up in Scotland in a working class environment, heart disease was always prevalent. So many of my parent’s family and friends passed at an early age from “heart attacks” and no one blinked an eye.
“So it’s good to be part of (albeit in a small way) educating and reinforcing preventive measures, this saves so much heart ache”
The appeal includes a dedicated week of fundraising and celebrations, building up to 21 June 2019, the longest day of the year.
The money raised in Scotland will be spent in Scotland, funding pioneering medical research in to the prevention, treatment and cure of heart disease.
The appeal already has considerable high profile support from key figures from the worlds of entertainment, music, government and sport, and has received cross-party support from First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and the Rt Hon David Mundell, Secretary of State for Scotland.